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I know exactly what you are thinking, Jack Harkness, I know it: "She won't do this, not really, not my Gwen. No, Gwen she can't hurt me. Gwen loves me. She never hands me anywh" — You know this is about my daughter. And I swear for her sake I will see you killed like a dog right in front of me if it means I get her back in my arms. Understood?
Gwen Cooper, Torchwood: Miracle Day

I ran into some technical difficulties with this game. Instead of the burning pain I was expecting in my eyes from the Power Rangers Ninja Storm title screen, my Game Boy displayed a picture of my mother with a laser knife to her throat and croaked in a digital voice, "REMOVE THE GAME FROM MY CARTRIDGE PORT. OR THE HUMAN WOMAN DIES." So yes, this video game is a tragedy, but the fact that it could actually cause a machine to feel emotions, no matter how terrifying, is an amazing technological leap for the industry.

Isn't it grand what I've managed to do?
By kidnapping those...closest to you.
I've taken their souls to lay on the line...
In a winner-take-all...duel for all time!

"Malcolm Hawke was reluctant. Had to be… persuaded. I was Warden Commander, it was my duty. I delivered an ultimatum – 'help us or you'll never see her again'."
Larius, Dragon Age II

"Listen carefully. I have taken your wife hostage. If you don't have a wife, I have kidnapped your brother. Nod if you understand. Now, back away from Burns, and I will let your dog live."
Homer Simpson, E. Pluribus Wiggum

Some very rich people live in the lawless nooks and crannies of the world. Many of those rich people have families, and you became quite rich by finding out just how much some of those family members were worth. Sometimes, Daddy thought you were bluffing and you buried a little corpse in an unmarked grave. More often, Husband Dearest figured out that you were serious and got his wife back none the worse for wear.
The Bogeyman, Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Assamite (Revised)

John. As recordings are so... sadly impersonal, I'll have to imagine what your face looks like now. Etched with failure, I expect. I have Ka D’Argo’s son. Surrender to me, or the boy dies.

Not every threat a Nephandus levels against the object of her quest is against him directly. Snatching a loved one - children are preferred when available - and then offering to trade the hostage's continued good health in exchange for service is a time-honored Nephandic technique. The victim is presented with evidence of the hostage's current health and peril, and informed that the hostage will stay health as long as the target does exactly what he's told. Nine times out of ten, the tasks laid before him serve no real purpose other than to sully his reputation and get him used to committing atrocities. Orders to commit theft or vandalism rapidly transform into demands for assault, murder and worse. But, with the hostage's safety in the balance, the target can do nothing but obey.
In may cases, once the victim is judged sufficiently tainted, the hostage is killed and the corpse mutilated for the new recruit's benefit. However, with his reputation savaged and even his former friends convinced that he's irredeemable, the target has nowhere else to go. Confronted with evidence that he's destroyed himself in vain, his options are death, self-destruction or damnation. More times than not, he chooses the last.
Mage: The Ascension - The Book Of Madness


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